Free Agent No. 3: Anthony Lamb, Forward
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have a long history, but their most recent link occurred just this weekend. They signed Warriors two-way point guard Ty Jerome to a deal that the Warriors couldn’t match. Could the Cavs go back to the well and sign another player from the Warriors?
Anthony Lamb became a vital rotation player for Golden State last season, playing 19.3 minutes per game in 62 appearances, most on a two-way contract. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Lamb was the most valuable two-way player in the league last season, and Lamb appeared to bet on himself by not signing a longer-term contract with the Warriors when they promoted him to the full roster at the end of the season.
Thus far that bet hasn’t paid off, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t. The Cavaliers can use a player in the Dean Wade role as a shooter and defender with decent size. Lamb shot 36.7 percent fro 3-point range on a healthy volume of attempts, and he has some ability to put the ball on the deck and attack closeouts. Defensively, he was up to the task against most opposing forwards.
Whether it’s a minimum deal or a few million remaining from the MLE, Lamb would be an excellent investment. He may or may not crack the actual rotation, but he would give the Cavs important depth and insurance if they decide to move Dean Wade in a trade. Just 25 years old, there’s a chance that Lamb grows into a full-time contributor for the team and sticks around.